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Gun Policy News, 22 February 2000

États-Unis

22 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Gun control advocates scored a rare victory Monday, convincing a Senate committee to kill a bill that would have placed the entire state under the same firearms regulations. Denver and other cities strongly opposed the legislation because it would bar them from enacting tougher gun laws than the state. Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter said the bill would wipe out Denver's ban on assault weapons, a key component in battling gang shootings and other crimes. "We're... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

22 February 2000

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

The Judges on the Supreme Court of Canada repeatedly grilled opponents of the federal government's gun registry yesterday, as hearings began in a case that has become a symbol of a growing power struggle between the federal government and the provinces. A lawyer for the Alberta government endured particularly tough questioning from all nine judges as he argued, along with five other provinces and two territories, that the Firearms Act encroaches on provincial control... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

22 February 2000

Chicago Sun-Times

Thanks to an erroneous "gun ban" headline in a local newspaper, an informational meeting in Skokie held by a new anti-gun group drew plenty of pro-gun residents Monday night. Judging from applause at certain statements, perhaps one-third of the 130 people at the standing-room-only event were gun supporters. Leaders of the newly formed Evanston/Skokie chapter of the Bell Campaign found themselves explaining that they weren't out to ban handgun possession in Skokie, as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

22 February 2000

CBC News (Canada)

OTTAWA — Opponents of Canada's gun control law received a rough ride Monday before the Supreme Court of Canada. The nine judges frequently interrupted lawyers representing Alberta, five other provinces and two territories opposed to Bill C-68, to challenge their submissions. Alberta's lawyer, Roderick McLennan, argued the firearms act not only intrudes on provincial control over property and civil rights but he also said it won't work. "Criminals won't seek... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

22 February 2000

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Alberta government says the federal gun registry should be scrapped because it won't do anything to dissuade criminals from using firearms. A lawyer for the province was the first of many to appear before the Supreme Court of Canada Monday in a two-day hearing on the constitutionality of the system. "We've had 70 years of registration, popularly supported … (and yet) 50 per cent of the handguns in Canada are not registered yet," said Roderick McLennan... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

22 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Carrying a gun is becoming a status symbol for many young men in densely populated urban areas, and the trend is spreading like a disease. A new study suggests that guns are a social toxin, influencing the way young men interact with each other. This information says a lot about the proliferation of guns in our society. It also underscores the importance of urban areas like Denver to craft gun-control strategies without state pre-emption. Jeffrey Fagan, director of... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

22 February 2000

Reuters / Zogby

UTICA, New York — This may help explain why the gun control debate is so divisive: in a recent Zogby/America poll some respondents defined "gun control" as having no restrictions whatsoever while others said it was the effort to ban guns outright. The largest group — 41.3% — in a nationwide poll of 1,007 likely voters invited to use their own words to define the meaning of "gun control" said they believed it meant controlling sales. But "gun control" was... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

22 February 2000

Associated Press

FORT GIBSON, Oklahoma — The teen-ager standing on stage in short sleeves and jeans looked like he had nothing to hide — until he pulled a knife from his pocket. And then came a machete. And another. He drew a handgun from a front pocket, and three more from his waistband. He reached down his baggy pants leg and up came a rifle. By the time Chris Dorn's pockets were empty, an arsenal lay before the high school sophomore. And the audience of school, police and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

22 February 2000

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada wrapped up hearings today into whether Ottawa has the power to implement a national gun-control system in the name of public safety. The high court heard from intervening groups who support gun control, including chiefs of police, the Coalition for Gun Control, and victims' and health organizations. The court reserved judgment, and isn't expected to rule for months. On Monday, the court heard from eight provinces and territories... (GunPolicy.org)

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